Baltimore Orioles  v Tampa Bay Rays

Holy shit, the Orioles’ record is really good.

Welp. Let’s see if this works!

Let the good times roll and all that, know what I mean?

Scuttlebutt

In the minors, Aaron Sanchez is healthy and back on the hill for the Dunedin Blue Jays tonight, according to a tweet from the club.

According to Buck Showalter, the Orioles will start either Freddy Garcia or Zach Britton in Sunday’s finale, according to a tweet from Chris Toman. Free money!

Gregor Chisholm tweets that the Jays, should they win tonight, will be at .500 for the first time since July 30th, 2012, when they were 51-51.

TV: Sportsnet

And now the lineups, by way of the live box score at theScore.comAnd for those of you who’ll be out and about, be sure to follow all the action on your phone with theScore app

Toronto Blue Jays

LF Melky Cabrera (S)
RF Jose Bautista (R)
DH Edwin Encarnacion (R)
1B Adam Lind (L)
CF Colby Rasmus (R)
3B Maicer Izturis (S)
C Josh Thole (L)
2B Emilio Bonifacio (S)
SS Munenori Kawasaki (L)

RHP R.A. Dickey

Baltimore Orioles

LF Nate McLouth (L)
3B Manny Machado (R)
RF Nick Markakis (L)
CF Adam Jones (R)
1B Chris Davis (L)
C Matt Wieters (S)
SS J.J. Hardy (R)
2B Ryan Flaherty (L)
DH Danny Valencia (R)

RHP Jason Hammel

Comments (582)

  1. .500 without Reyes & Red Bull……

    And we were so close to waving the white flag when June started

  2. Izturis was great today. Got on base to lead off the 5th, 7th and 9th and came around to score each time. He hasn’t looked all bad lately.

    Boni has made some great plays on defense but his bat has just disappeared (wRC+ of NINE in June, haha)

    • He’s been so good, I would feel bad calling him Iz-Turd-Ass going forward, which was my nickname for him for the majority of the first two months of the season. For whatever reason, a lot of the new players seemed to press at the start of the season, but they seem to all be what we thought they would be, and getting back to their career norms.

      The only real knock I have with Izturis, is that he doesn’t seem to be all that effective a short stop all the time, but with Reyes coming back, that shouldn’t be an issue. He did make a couple of nice plays at short, but seemed to miss read a few other hard hit grounders. His play at third and second as of late has been much better, and suspect that is where he’ll find the majority of his playing time moving forward.

  3. Boni has got to starting fucking riding the pine when Reyes comes back. the little ninja has been far superior to him this year. we have to play to win!

    • The thing that gets me about Kawasaki is that people think that they KNOW what he is relative to Izturis and Boni. Ive seen alot of people writing that his ceiling is this low and he cant hit but he can drive up pitch counts.

      ok, sure that is sort of what we have seen thus far from him.

      Do people realize he has 291 plate appearances for his entire career in MLB? His BABIP is 256! that is horrid and while he may not ever be a “good” hitter, I just dont see why people are comfortable in claiming they know what he is yet when he has had such a short stint in the bigs after a reasonably accomplished career in japan.

      how do we know he cant hit 250 / 260 with a 350 obp? would you take that in a guy who can be a back up shortstop?

      • I think that he is a great utility infielder, pinch runner, even pinch hitter in certain situations. I don’t see why he couldn’t even hit higher in average than that. He is never going to hit for a high number of extra base hits, but his ability to stay alive in a bats, and make consistent contact, make him valuable, then add in his above average defense, his base running attributes and how he is able to draw walks without striking out at a high rate…. I would love to see him stay on the roster.

        I would hate to see him go back to Buffalo, so for his sake, maybe a team that is in need of a short stop would be willing to trade for him. I’m not saying I want to see him go, but he does belong on a major league roster, somewhere, and if it’s not here, maybe we can get something for him. I would love for him to become the next Johnny Mac, and have him play that role for the next couple of years. Those role players that don’t do anything great, but can do many things good, shouldn’t be taken lightly. With all of Boni’s speed, he hasn’t been able to get on base and utilize his best attribute. He has put down his fair share of ugly bunts and swings at balls way out of the zone. Had high hopes for this guy, but Munenori has flat out out played him in almost every aspect of the game.

  4. Here are some fact that I bet you didnt realize.

    Josh Johnson has only had 7 starts this year.

    In those starts, he has given up 3 ER or less in FIVE of them. Yet I bet most of you believed he has been terrible thus far.

    Now lets check out our favorite excuse monger IM Shitty, (RA Dickey)

    In his last ten starts, he has given up 6 or more earned runs FIVE TIMES.

    so basically, every other start for Dickey is fucking baaad.

    is that what the jays signed up for when they traded for this guy?

    • Yeah, I’ll own up to it on Johnson. I did think he sucked and I even predicted our streak would end when Johnson faced Colorado.

    • Need more gimmicks, imo.

    • @voice of treason.

      These are good points but at least Dickey can stay on the mound.

      By not having Josh Johnson available to pitch because he is injured, Jays were forced to use replacements which often failed.

    • Dickey hasnt been healthy. But because guys like Johnson and Morrow cant stay healthy, he has been forced to pitch through pain.

      This pain could be the reason he has lost velocity on his knuckle ball, which is the main reason his play has suffered.

      Go read some articles about it, there are plenty out there.

      Dickey isnt 100% at all, but at least he is a gamer.

      At some point though, as Happ gets healthy and so on, maybe a DL stint wouldnt be the worst thing.

  5. go jays

    |that is all drink the drinks and keep the ladies in your bed (or men) go jays drunk jays fans go jays fuck yeah <3

  6. Dickey has a track record – no question about it. It is absolutely conceivable that he’ll turn it right around. However, it’s getting frustrating watching him pitch through games when he clearly does not have it that day… when it seems inevitable he is will give up a bunch of runs. I know that pride and bullpen exhaustion (among other things, too) are on the line but at what point do you start pulling the plug earlier in the starts where he clearly doesn’t have his stuff?

  7. Dickey has to go on the dl when everyone is healthy

    • The best answer for who is the hottest woman alive, One Kansas City outfielder said, “that new next queen of England.” Also someone voted for their wife.

    • A.J. Pierzynski, Rangers (7.5%)
      Beat out A ROD as the player you would most want your daughter
      NOT to marry???

      He must be a MAJOR asshole.

      • LOVE this:
        As to “what team would you never play for”:
        Only the Yankees and Marlins are less popular than the Jays.
        (Yankees-13.5%, Marlins-13.5%, Blue Jays-6.4%).
        And the Pirates, Astros, Indians, Mariners and Cubs are slighty less disliked

      • @ Karl
        That one surprised me also.

        • The question was which “team”, but I’m thinking most players just dont want to play in a different country. AA and Beeston have known that for years and that’s why they have to trade for players rather than lure free agents.

  8. https://twitter.com/wilnerness590/status/348460141185748992
    So the reliever will be probably one of Perez/McGowan as my speculation

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